This portrait was the result of my 5th visit to hang out with this amazing bird and one of my favorite close portraits of him so far. It's so cool now to watch this bird gathering food for its young, which is does often and right in front of me when I hang out in this area. In any case when he landed on this perch I quickly fired off a bunch of frames. It was a completely overcast day and while there was not a lot of light the quality was amazing. In this spot there was a decent sized opening in the trees directly overhead which gave some strong but soft overhead light. He was so close the background went completely out of focus and created a soft spotlight back there that I really liked. You can really see how overhead the direction of the light was by the texture on the moss he is perched on. And lastly this portrait really shows off those amazing and huge pink left and feet!
• Location: Southern New Jersey
• Exposure: 1/200 @ f/4
• ISO: 1250 - auto
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500mm
• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR
• Camera: Nikon D4s